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Runaway Horse on Main Street

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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (ed. James B Sinclair)

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General Info

Year: 1908
Duration: c. 1:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers
Cost: Rental


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Contemporaneous with Country Band March, this is one of Ives's workings out of newly discovered rhythmic and pitch patterns -- and here again, a take-off on the ragtime that Ives as a young man heard all around him in New Work. It all starts calmly enough as the buggy driver stops to let off a friend and then tries vainly to control his horse's unruly startup. One can imagine a row of beer-hall doors opening and letting loose the jarring ragtime of a dozen pianists, while the wobbly patrons collect on the sidewalk and try to curb the runaway horse (and its buggy). The middle part is from Ives's surviving pages of band score; the "drawled" solo trumpet opening ("So long, Harris...") is adapted from Ives's derivative song, and the editor's coda patch is from Charlie Rutlage.

Reconstructed and edited by James B. Sinclair from Ives's incomplete score for band, S55.

- Program Note by Jonathan Elkus


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